Written by Mara and Martha: Girlhack Interns
In 1997, a book was published, just an ordinary book. Fourteen years later, this ordinary book has led to an extraordinary series. The seven novels written by J.K. Rowling feature the life of Harry Potter, the boy wizard whose story has been read by millions across the globe. This series of books has also led to a series of eight movies, which have raked in almost seven billion dollars. The eighth and final film that depicts the life of Harry was released in the United States on July 15, 2011. The box-office results of the first weekend were record-breaking, resulting in a total gross income of 168.6 million dollars—and for good reason. The movie is a must-see by anybody’s standards. Even those who haven’t read the books claim this movie tops them all.For some, the last Harry Potter movie will be the end of an era. With its loyal, devoted fans, the premier for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II was sure to be a success.
I attended with two other friends, dressing up as Hogwarts students. We arrived at the theater at 9:30, and a line had already compiled outside of the building’s doors. After about a half hour of waiting, the doors were opened and all were let in to a lobby area. Those few who had not purchased tickets ahead of time were out of luck; the entire theater was sold out. A fan dressed up as none other than antagonist, Bellatrix Lestrange, climbed atop a ledge and raised her wand to initiate a chant shouting: “HARRY, HARRY!”. Soon, the whole mob of anxious movie-goers was chanting along with her. As a claustrophobic who suffers from particularly bad headaches, I would advise those considering attending other popular movie premiers to bring a set of earplugs and to breathe deeply. When the theater’s employees opened the doors to the actual theater area, the crowd went wild, pushing and shoving to get in. (I even saw a few employees snap pictures of the frenzy) The theater at which I saw the movie handed out copies of Entertainment Weekly’s Harry Potter issue.
After grabbing some popcorn and drinks, my friends and I waited in yet another line to get into the actual theater that was showing the movie. While waiting in the queue, I came across some fans paying tribute to some minor characters.
I saw a Professor Trelawney, teacher of Divination at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I also came across a Luna Lovegood, a quirky and calm friend of Harry’s. Along with Luna, I found a Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Harry’s school rival.
I also came across a plethora of Gryffindors that included Fred and George Weasley. “George” had a clever costume that included a bandage for her ear (which was blasted off in the first part of the Deathly Hallows).
Of course, there are bound to be a few main characters represented as well. Out of all the Ron Weasleys I came across, this one was, by far, the most detailed and accurate. His costume includes the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, the Slytherin locket, and Dumbledore’s deluminator. Speaking of Dmbledore, this guy’s costume was just too funny!
When we entered theater, we waited some more. A friend of mine I ran into invited me to duel with them at the front of the theater. For all you muggles out there, dueling is basically wizards fighting using magic and wands. So, after that interesting experience, I was thoroughly embarrassed and ready for the movie to start. Finally, the lights dimmed and the title flashed across the screen.The movie is action-packed and concludes the seven-year journey that many fans have followed since the release of the first film in 2001. In the movie, Harry and his companions Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger continue their mission to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort. As they work tirelessly to defeat Voldemort, many other minor characters, until now, are featured. Several of Harry’s schoolmates play a larger role in the movie, including the clumsy yet courageous Neville Longbottom. By the end of the epic finale, a battle over good versus evil has ensued, leaving plenty of wizards, both good and bad, dead. As predicted, the climax occurs when Harry and Voldemort duel to decide, once and for all, who will live and who will die. Filled with surprises, tragedies, and triumphs, this final film is the ultimate conclusion to an epic tale. Many of us will be sad to see the end of the movies and midnight releases, but if you’re ever feeling lonely or sad, you can always pop one of the eight movies into the DVD player or pull one of the books off a shelf and immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter, the boy wizard who has touched the lives of millions, and will surely continue to do so for ages to come.